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Two items on a progressive wish list can be checked off. The first one was a promise to President Obama: Israel is now out of Gaza. The second was a commitment

Liam Evans
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jan 21, 2009

Two items on a progressive wish list can be checked off. The first one was a promise to President Obama: Israel is now out of Gaza. The second was a commitment from Obama: the administration has filed a legal motion halting military commissions at Guantanamo Bay for 120 days. That’s a first step to shutting the commissions down as new defense and legal officials conduct their promised review. And it’s also a step to shutting Guantanamo down, an oft-repeated promise of Obama’s.

Oh, and one really strong signal that the detentions/interrogations regime designed by the Bush administration is coming to an end: Marty Lederman, a relentless critic of the Bush administration’s legal contentions about the war on terrorism (and a blogger at Balkinization), will become deputy assistant attorney general at the Office of Legal Counsel. That’s John Yoo’s old job.

Liam Evans | Liam Evans is a freelance writer and social media manager who specializes in assisting finance professionals and Fintech entrepreneurs in growing their online audience and attracting more paying customers. Liam worked as a bank teller and virtual assistant for financial firms in the United States and the United Kingdom for six years before beginning her writing career.

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